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Not to be outdone,Boko Haram declares a caliphate in Africa

Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau’s recent announcement of an Islamic caliphate in the state of Borno, northeast Nigeria, is of domestic, regional and international concern. Boko Haram has seized numerous towns, imposing its control over entire areas of northeast Nigeria following the army’s withdrawal.

The organization’s victories and atrocities have again brought attention to the situation in Nigeria, to the ideological change of radical movements, and to the expansion of the struggle against Boko Haram. The movement has issued several fatwas (religious edicts) against cooperating with the state. It has killed those accused of doing so, considering them apostates cooperating with infidels.

Caliphate

The caliphate consists of vast areas in Borno, and territory in the neighboring state of Yobe. The group’s leader is the caliph, and the movement’s structure is decentralized. It thus operates according to a cluster pattern, whereby each group works almost independently. This prevents other groups from being exposed or arrested when one is taken down.

Boko Haram’s major attacks are against civilians, Christian towns, schools, police, and those who cooperate with them. The north of the country has thus become a hotbed for ideological jihad. Despite the army’s attacks against it, Boko Haram remains active and seeks expansion beyond Nigeria.

Boko Haram and ISIS

There are similarities between Boko Haram and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. ISIS is considered an expansion of the ideology of Al-Qaeda, while Boko Haram is ideologically linked to the Taliban movement of Nigeria, which in turn was established on the ideology of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Boko Haram and ISIS both think a caliphate must reign on earth, and to achieve this, non-Muslims must be slaughtered if they do not convert to Islam. Another similarity is that they view their victories as “from God.” Furthermore, U.N. reports have exposed the rise of sexual violence in areas controlled by both organizations.

Security deterioration

Boko Haram’s acts in Nigeria have led to further deterioration of security, which has negatively affected Africa’s biggest economy. Thirteen American human rights organizations have urged Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to take strict measures against Boko Haram.

Clashes between the group and the army have killed more than 6,000 and displaced over 40,000. Boko Haram’s announced aim is to implement Islamic sharia law in Nigeria, of which almost half its population is Christian.

The state is thus racing against time to eliminate the group. There are domestic pressures on Jonathan, given that presidential elections are scheduled for 2015. The state’s attempts at dialogue with Boko Haram for the past three years have failed to achieve any breakthrough.

There are also foreign pressures, as a significant part of the international community has voiced fear of the spread of violence in the country. Nigerian forces have been confronting Boko Haram since 2009, and although Jonathan promised to uproot it, the state seems unable to do so. This has subjected the government to unprecedented criticism, particularly following its failure to find the schoolgirls abducted in April.

Boko Haram’s rise

There are various reasons behind Boko Haram’s rise. One is the decrease in the government’s popularity due to corruption. Another is the country’s economic disparities, with influential figures monopolizing wealth while some 70% of the population live on less than $2 a day. There is also the failure to resolve Muslim affairs. An example is the government’s decision in February to ban the hijab in state schools.

In addition, there is the state’s clear bias towards Christians, who represent 40% of the population, at the expense of Muslims. There is also the government’s overlooking of Muslim teachings in school curricula. This has enabled Boko Haram, which was formed in 2004 by Mohammed Yussuf, to market itself as a defender of Islam and Muslims.

Violence will only worsen as long as the government does not have a clear vision to address Boko Haram in particular, and Muslims’ situation in general. Nigeria is thus at a crossroads. It may need more than one approach to stop Boko Haram. It needs to reach new agreements between the state and active parties, and to launch an expanded dialogue to resolve the affairs of Muslims.

It also needs to confront Boko Haram’s ideas by presenting counterarguments based on evidence and facts. Pursuing the movement is futile if the latter’s ideas are not refuted. Nigeria also needs to reconsider the legislative and legal systems in order to pave the way toward social integration and therefore end rising tensions.

American Infidels is back online

So everyone is aware, the site took a big hit last week and was compromised bringing it down for 4 days. I still don’t have all the details from the hosts but the script has been repaired and I’m back in business.

If you have any trouble with anything on either Google, Firefox Or IE please let me know so I can call attention to it

A interesting note is that the site attacks n death threats always come when Islam is exposed here for its crimes against the female gender, be it acid attacks, child marriage, stoning, or the garbage bags the are forced to wear..
Imagine that..

Egyptian Islamists oppose Polish woman’s planned sex marathon tour

 

Ania Lisewska has 60,000 likes on Facebook and seeks to embark on a global tour to realize her goal of having sex with 100,000 men. (Facebook)
Al Arabiya

A polish woman who allegedly plans to visit Egypt as part of a global shuttle tour to “break record” and have sex with 100,000 men has caused a stir on social media, with Islamists blasting her as “dirty” and “unwelcomed” in the country.

Ania Lisewska, 21, first made the world journey announcement on her Facebook page, which has about 60,000 likes.

“I want men from Poland, Europe and all around the world. I love sex, fun and men,” Lisewska said, according to her Facebook page.

Lisewska said she begun the sex marathon last month from Warsaw and plans to travel to other countries as soon as she is done with Poland.

“I will visit every city in Poland and when I’ve done all of them, I will start travelling abroad,” according to her Facebook page.

In the Middle East and North Africa region, Egypt appears to be Lisewska’s first favorite stop.

Arabic internet news outlets, such as Erem News, al-Bawaba, Arabuem, and Dostor.org, all reported that Lisewska will be received in Cairo by a person identified as Mohammad Abdel Moneim and said to operate a hospitality firm in Cairo.

Erem News quoted Abdel Moneim as saying that Lisewska expressed interest in visiting Egypt “because of the country’s international acclaim, beauty, and the virility of its men.”

There was, however, no confirmation on when she intends to visit Egypt.

In her Facebook page, Lisewska said: “The fun will take about 20 minutes per person, depending on how many people there are on each day.”

Al-Bawaba quoted her as saying that she has so far made sex with 284 men and she needs to dedicate 33,000 hours, or 3.8 years, to complete the mission. That’s if she works day and night, seven days a week with no breaks or food.

Egyptians, bitterly divided by politics, appeared on social media further split over Lisewska.

One Facebook user, with a profile picture of the famous yellow Rabaa sign, wrote that the Egypt is not open to “prostitutes.”

But another user lamented her planned visit as late, saying if she had gone to Egypt a month before she would’ve found plenty of “opportunities” at Islamist sit-ins in Rabaa al-Adawya and Ennahad squares, before these were cleared by authorities.

Ania Lisewska said: “The fun will take about 20 minutes per person, depending on how many people there are on each day.” (Facebook)

Political undertones were clearly prevalent in the exchange of comments between Egyptian users.

A user with a profile picture of General Abdel Fattah al-Sisis wrote that he would welcome Lisewska and is ready to help her achieve her goal and “do more.”

“Despicable like your master,” replied another user, who appears to support ousted President Mohammad Mursi.

One article on Erem News had 200 comments, with some users even posting their mobile phone numbers.

One user said: “The comments of pro-Mursi users are the best, they again pretend to defend religion when in fact every one of them has done the dirtiest acts…and the proof is that they are actually here reading this dirty story.”

But a user of the profile picture of ousted President Mursi replied by saying: “So what if someone reads the article, we are not watching porn movies here!”

Some users called on the tourism minister to interfere and make a statement, because Egypt’s national security is at stake.

Egypt authorities detain suspected spy bird

By TONY G. GABRIEL
Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) – In a case that ruffled feathers in Egypt, authorities have detained a migratory bird that a citizen suspected of being a spy.

A man in Egypt’s Qena governorate, some 450 kilometers (280 miles) southeast of Cairo, found the suspicious bird among four others near his home and brought them to a police station Friday, said Mohammed Kamal, the head of the security in the region.

There, officers and the man puzzled over the electronic device attached to the suspected winged infiltrator. On Saturday, a veterinary committee called by concerned government officials determined the device was neither a bomb nor a spying device.

Instead, they discovered it was a wildlife tracker used by French scientists to follow the movement of migrating birds, said Ayman Abdallah, the head of Qena veterinary services. Abdallah said the device stopped working when the bird crossed the French border, absolving it of being an avian Mata Hari.

With turmoil gripping Egypt following the July 3 popularly backed military coup that overthrew the country’s president, authorities and citizens remain highly suspicious of anything foreign. Conspiracy theories easily find their ways into cafe discussion – as well as some media in the country.

Earlier this year, a security guard filed a police report after capturing a pigeon he said carried microfilm. A previous rumor in 2010 blamed a series of shark attacks along Egypt’s Mediterranean coast on an Israeli plot. It wasn’t.

In the bird’s case, even military officials ultimately had to deny the bird carried any spying devices. They spoke Saturday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to journalists.

Yet later, the state-run daily newspaper Al-Ahram quoted Kamal as saying the incident showed the patriotism of the man who captured the bird in the first place.

The bird remains caged for now, as Abdallah said authorities must receive permission from prosecutors to release the animal.

But one mystery still remains: Abdallah and others called the bird a swan. Photographs obtained by The Associated Press showed what appeared to be a stork locked behind bars in the police station.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Should Morocco fight pedophilia with chemical castration?

A recent report of widespread sexual abuse against children in Morocco has led to calls for chemical castration of offenders.

However, this demand faces the objection of people who believe that it will violate people’s basic civil liberties.

An estimated 71 cases of sexual abuse against children take place in the kingdom daily, and about 26,000 annually, according to a report by the association “Don’t Touch My Child.”

The country’s penal code punishes sex offenders with up to 30 years in prison, a sentence handed to Spanish national Daniel Galvan Vina in 2011 after he was found guilty of raping 11 Moroccan children in the city of Kenitra.

Vina was released earlier this month in a royal pardon that sparked protests throughout the country.

The public anger forced the king to revoke his pardon.

Top-level diplomacy with Spain helped put Vina back in prison, albeit in his home country.

The “Daniel Scandal” intensified discussion in Morocco about ways to clamp down on sexual abuse against children.

An initiative by a top judge has attracted particular public attention.

Mohammad al-Khadraoui, of the Court of Cassation, wrote in an article published on the popular Moroccan news website Hespress that chemical castration should be considered to punish sex offenders.

The judge cited examples of countries where this measure is applied or experimented with, including France, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Norway, South Korea, Russia, Australia and the United States.

Chemical castration refers to the use of medications to stop or reduce the production of testosterone linked with sexual drive.

It is different from physical castration, where the testicles or ovaries are removed.

The effects of chemical castration disappear when the person stops taking the drug.

Despite its temporary effects, chemical castration faces strong objections from rights activists and decision-makers.

Ahmed al-Haaej, president of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights, said it contradicts human liberties, adding that more protective rather than punitive measures are required to combat sex offenses.

The measure is a form of corporal punishment, like the death penalty, which goes against international human rights laws, said Haaej.

Aicha Khammas, a Moroccan lawyer and member of parliament, said the country does not need to authorize such a measure because reforming existing laws would reduce sexual offenses against children and women.

The burden of proof on victims of sexual offense is currently “very heavy,” and the laws should make it easy to prosecute offenders, Khammas added.

“Chemical castration is similar to the death penalty. There’s the right to life, and the right to preserving one’s physical characteristics,” she said.

Anti-androgen medication, given to counteract the effects of male sex hormones (or androgens), is prescribed for medical reasons, not judicial ones, Donald Grubin, professor of forensic psychiatry at Newcastle University, told Al Arabiya.

Allowing judges to order chemical castration for sex offenders “risks making doctors agents of social control, with their obligation switching from the patient to the state,” said Grubin, who coordinated a voluntary program of chemical castration in the UK.

The measure is not a treatment for a sexual offence, but a treatment for a sexual offender where it is medically indicated, he added.

The UK’s Daily Mirror newspaper reported in 2012 that 100 pedophiles were being chemically castrated in England’s Whatton prison.

Gubrin, who was in charge of the program in coordination with the prison service and the Department of Health, said chemical castration helps curb offenders’ tendency to repeat their crimes.

“There is a lack of randomized controlled studies for obvious reasons, but those on medication typically have very low reoffending rates,” he said.

The program was described as entirely voluntary.

The ‘Metal Brotherhood’: Israeli and Palestinian bands rock out

 

Israeli heavy-metal band ‘Orphaned Land’ are to tour with Palestinian rock band ‘Khalas.’ (File photo: AFP)

Sharing a love for music – and head-banging – two Israeli and Palestinian rock bands have joined forces to take a “message of coexistence through rock’n’roll across Europe,” The Guardian reported on Monday.

The Israeli band “Orphaned Land” and Palestinian group “Khalas” both believe that music is above politics, religion and conflict and should bring people together.

Palestinian rock band Khalas performs for an audience in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem in the West Bank on August 4, 2005. (Photo courtesy: salamstock)

The groups have set a mission. They hope to prove that their “metal brotherhood” music can demonstrate religious and political tolerance by coming together and doing what they love best.

An 18-gig tour will be taking place across Europe, where both bands will perform on the same stage, as well as share a tour bus for three weeks, The Guardian newspaper reported.

“We can’t change the world, but we can give an example of how coexistence is possible,” Kobi Farhi, “Orphaned Land’s” lead singer told the newspaper.

“Sharing a stage and sharing a bus is stronger than a thousand words. We’ll show how two people from different backgrounds who live in a conflict zone can perform together,” Farhi added.

“Khalas,” translates to “enough” in Arabic. The Palestinian band’s lead guitarist, Abed Hathut, told the newspaper: “Just because we are Palestinians, people expect us to sing only about the occupation.”

“We are metal brothers before everything,” Hathut said about his group’s  teaming up with “Orphaned Land.”

“Orphaned Land” use their music to express their views mostly about politics. “Our music is never about an ex-girlfriend, it’s always about politics,” Farhi said.

In the past, boycotts have been implemented by Palestinian activists who believe these joint ventures spurn the occupation of the 1.5 million Palestinians in Israel.

Last week in Tel Aviv, both bands performed for the second time since meeting at a radio station. During their first meet, they were able realize that what divided them was not strong enough to overpower what united them, the bands said.

“One day our children will form a band together,” Farhi said.

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